Portales, New Mexico
We felt so welcome when we walked up to the door at Jason, Kayla, and Steinway's house. It had been a few months since we saw them last. And a couple of years since we stayed at their house. After our adventures in the Solomon Islands together, our hearts have been cemented together.
After two days of intense financial aid meetings, a campus tour, two choir rehearsals, a world food lab, music theory class, and a meeting with a lovely family consumer science professor, we were ready for some time to laugh and play.
Jason took us to a disc golf course in the beautiful Ned Houk park in Clovis, New Mexico.
The day was absolutely gorgeous, and a cold front was pushing through giving us breeze and cooler temps.
Friday was also Aaron's birthday, so we celebrated with Mexican food at a fabulous hole-in-the-wall restaurant, then came home to make brownies for a "birthday cake".
Saturday was full of playing with Steinway,
making music together,
more playing with Steinway,
and lots of cooking together.
And after attending the early service at church and filling up the whole pew,
we played some hymns together,
got a few more hugs to tide us over until next time,
and hit the road with hearts full of gratitude for these friends who graciously opened their home to our family once again. They helped us navigate the beginnings of our college/future plans search, both by their extensive knowledge and with their prayers for God's direction in our lives.